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Foreign aid begins flowing to cyclone-hit southern Africa

Mar. 20, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — International aid has started trickling into the east African countries of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi to ease the humanitarian crisis created by floodwaters from Cyclone Idai . Relief efforts that were initially stifled by airport closures slowly gained steam Wednesday and foreign...

US' Pompeo boosts Israel prime minister ahead of election

Mar. 20, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday lauded the White House's warm ties with Israel during a visit to the country and promised to step up pressure on Iran, giving a public boost to Israel's prime minister at the height of a tight re-election campaign. The White House meanwhile...

US and China clash over 'belt and road' in Afghan resolution

Mar. 15, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and China clashed Friday over Beijing's $1 trillion "belt and road" global infrastructure program after the Security Council unanimously approved a bare bones resolution extending the mandate of the U.N. political mission in Afghanistan for six months. Last year's...

The Latest: Security Council sets open meeting on Venezuela

Feb. 25, 2019 10:39 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The latest on Venezuela's political crisis (all times local): 10:35 p.m. The U.N. Security Council has scheduled an open meeting Tuesday on the latest events in Venezuela at the request of the United States. U.N. political chief Rosemary DiCarlo is expected to brief the afternoon...

The Latest: Venezuela partially closes Colombian border

Feb. 22, 2019 9:39 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Venezuela's government is ordering the partial closure of its border with Colombia hours ahead of a U.S.-backed plan to deliver humanitarian aid over the objections of President Nicolas Maduro. Vice...

The Latest: US envoy Elliott Abrams is heading to Colombia

Feb. 21, 2019 10:48 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 7:00 p.m. A U.S. envoy is heading to Colombia as part of a mission to send food and other emergency supplies to neighboring Venezuela amid a deepening political and economic crisis there. The State Department says...

Venezuela shuts sea, air links to Dutch islands amid turmoil

Feb. 19, 2019 6:14 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials said Tuesday that the country is banning air and sea trips to and from three Dutch Caribbean islands — a region that has been linked to efforts to undermine President Nicolas Maduro by sending emergency aid to the South American nation. The indefinite...

ICE agents in North Carolina arrest hundreds of immigrants

Feb. 8, 2019 7:03 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hundreds of immigrants in the U.S. illegally were arrested this week in North Carolina after some local law agencies stopped cooperating with immigration enforcement, a federal official said Friday. Immigration and Customs Enforcement regional director Sean Gallagher said the arrests...

Volunteers ready US aid set for Venezuela as Maduro digs in

Feb. 8, 2019 5:17 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Dozens of volunteers prepared sacks of rice, canned tuna and protein-rich biscuits for malnourished children at a warehouse on the Colombian border on Friday as Venezuela's opposition vowed to deliver the U.S. humanitarian aid to their troubled nation, even if it means mounting a...

Red Cross talks to US about risks of sending Venezuela aid

Feb. 1, 2019 9:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross has talked to the United States about the risks of delivering humanitarian aid to Venezuela without the approval of security forces loyal to President Nicolas Maduro, an official with the agency said Friday. Opposition leader Juan Guaido has...